1 The great forerunner of the morn,
The herald of the Word, is born;
And faithful hearts shall never fail
With thanks and praise his light to hail.
2 With heav'nly message Gabriel came,
That John should be that herald's name,
And with prophetic utt'rance told
His actions great and manifold.
3 His mighty deeds exalt his fame
To greater than a prophet's name;
Of woman born shall never be
A greater prophet than was he.
|First Line:||The great forerunner of the morn|
|Title:||The Great Forerunner of the Morn|
|Translator:||John M. Neale, 1818-1866|
|Author:||Venerable Bede, 673-735|
|Topic:||Birth of John the Baptist (June 24 - Vigil and Day); Saints|
|Source:||Adapt. from Musikalisches Handbuch, Hamburg, 1690|